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Seahorse WOW of the week is
In Friday Worship one child is selected from each class as our WOW child. During the week this child has demonstrated something that has WOWED their teachers!
Autumn Two - 'Bright Lights, Big City'
We’re starting our ‘Bright Lights, Big City’ topic with a tea party for the Queen and an online visit to Buckingham Palace. We’ll develop geographical skills by using maps, compass directions, planning routes and learning about countries and capital cities of the UK. We will use Paddington Bear to inspire science, writing and develop our knowledge of London. We will research ‘The Great Fire of London’ and explore changes that have happened. We are very excited about our trip to Safewise where we will learn skills to keep ourselves safe when we are out and about.
If you have visited London and would like to share photographs of yourself with key London landmarks then please email them to us!
W/B 02/12/19 Spellings
Week beginning 25th November 2019
Another great week in Seahorse Class with our school values being demonstrated through our words and actions! In English we have spent time planning and writing our story of Paddington and we changed where he visited. Ask us which London landmark he went to! In maths our focus has been subtraction and using different strategies to solve these. We loved our science experiments about waterproofing and we tested different materials to see which would be suitable for Paddington's coat. We continue to love our rugby and tennis sessions - please send in kits!
In RE we looked at different nativity scenes and explored a painting by Botticelli, what can you see? Can you identify any characters from the Christmas story?
Week beginning 18th November 2019
Your children have been busy impressing us with their positive attitudes and perseverance with learning.
In English we shared Paddington at the Palace. We have spent time using adjectives to describe Paddington, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. These adjectives were then used in our expanded noun phrases. Next week we will explore the story further before planning our own version with a change to it! Share the story as a family and see if you can identify the beginning, middle and end. (Please remember youtube links need adult supervision)
In Maths we have continued to learn about addition and explored money and addition using money. With our increasing use of 'contactless' payment, children have less experience of coins. If possible gather change from 1p-50p/£1/£2 (depending on your child) and create a shop with items from around the home and post-it notes. Take turns to choose and pay for items. Begin with buying one item. How can you pay for it exactly? What coins can you use? Is there one coin you can pay exactly with? What is the least number of coins you can use? Is there another way? Then consider buying two items, how much are they together?
We all enjoyed learning more about the Great Fire of London and using Samuel Pepys diary; ask us what we know!
Don't forget to use our Knowledge Organiser that we sent out at the beginning of this term; what learning might it inspire you to do as a family? Please ask for another copy if you cant find it.
Letter about our Christmas Show!
Week beginning 11th November 2019
Another busy week with children earning lots of starfish for showing the 'St Andrew's Way' and making a difference! Ask your child what they did to earn a starfish!
In literacy we completed our recounts of our trip to Safewise and in maths we continued our learning about addition with an emphasis on different strategies that we could use. In our topic work we spent time looking at maps and exploring London landmarks - if you have a photograph of a London landmark you have visited please email it to us to include on our display! Particular highlights of our week were Project Touchline and the pantomime theatre group! Ask your child about Dick Wittington!
Please remember to send in outdoor PE kit and trainers on Thursday; a spare bag could be useful for muddy shoes!
Week beginning 4th November 2019
A great start to a new half term! We loved our impact morning on Monday where we held a ‘Royal Tea Party’, made crowns and ate some jelly. Visiting Streetwise was amazing and thank you to all the volunteers – we could not go without you! Ask your child: ‘What hazards did you find in the rooms?’ ‘What do you do if there is smoke in your home?’, ‘What safety things do we need to remember about cars/scooters?’ or 'how much sugar was in a carton of frosted flakes'.
In maths we are using our place value knowledge to support our learning about addition and subtraction as well as using the symbols <,> and =. We’ve discussed the seasonal changes that are occurring and why this happens and are learning about the countries within the UK. Our literacy is focusing on recounts and using time conjunctions to help order our writing.
We started our six week block of 'Project Touchline' ruby sessions with Mr Andrews this week; we will be exploring how our school values are essential in sport and all areas of life. Please ensure your child has PE kit, jogging bottoms and trainers (if possible) in school on a Thursday.
A school fundraiser each year is ‘My school Art’: an envelope is coming home for you to order your Christmas cards (and other things)! You can also follow this link to view your child’s design and place an online order! https://www.myschoolart.co.uk/
Autumn One - Moon Zoom!
We are very excited that our topic for Autumn One is Moon Zoom! On our impact day we will dress up as astronauts (date and information to follow in September) and we’ll travel through space to learn about the Solar System. Books and photographs will help us to learn about the first lunar landing and the astronauts who venture into space. We will be reading fiction stories and considering adverts and how we might convince people to travel to the moon!
Week beginning 21st October 2019
Week beginning 14th October 2019
This week has been our innovate week at school and the children have been hard at work on a Design and Technology project. They are very excited to show you their creations at our Topic Showcase (Thursday 24th October 2019 at 14.15).
In maths we are learning about using addition and have used part-whole models to develop this understanding. As part of a structured reflection we considered the question below. Ask you child how it could be done using the frame.
In science we continue to consider properties of materials and their suitability. Look at items in your home, choose an object, what it is made of and why. Could it be made from another material? Why? Why not?
Week beginning 7th October 2019
A super week of hard work and perseverance from Seahorse Class. In English we planned and retold Beegu and the unit of work was completed by comparing the story of Beegu with the story of Bog Baby. Watch as a family together and see what is unique to each story and what is similar.
In maths we continued our work on ordering and comparing numbers and quantities. In science we looked at different materials and whether they could be changed by bending, squashing or stretching them. Look around your house and find objects made from different materials (wood, metal, fabric etc) and see if they can be 'changed'. As part of our RE work on 'Who made the world' we considered questions that Christians may ask God. We had some great ideas such as 'Why did you make scary things?', 'Why did you make wasps?' and 'How are you still alive?'.
Please be aware that the links are from Youtube so the content is not controlled or filtered, adult supervision is needed.
Sid Seahorse enjoyed another story with a family this week and again the class loved sharing it - there was much laughter! A terrific book review was completed!
Week beginning 30th September 2019
We have had fun sharing the story of Beegu (click on the picture to hear the story).On our first read we could not see Beegu and we had to listen very carefully to verbal instructions to make our own playdough Beegu. If you have playdough, have a go at giving each other instructions to make a model: great for speaking and listening skills! We also created a 'missing poster' for Beegu using adjectives and expanded noun phrases to describe her. We spent time considering her thoughts and feelings and what she may say in different situations. Next week we will look at the sequence and retell the story.
Thank you for all the junk modelling you sent in! We used lots of design technology skills to create some fantastic space shuttles.
In maths we have continued place value with a focus on tens and ones and comparison of quantities and numerals. We used the vocabulary 'greater than', 'less than' and 'equal', to explain our understanding. As part of this we have used the symbols < and > and you will see this on our maths homework. As a memory prompt, we used a you tube song to remind us what these symbols mean (click on the picture to hear the song). If you share this as a family please use the language of 'greater than' and 'less than' when comparing numbers. Can you find any numbers in your home? Use the symbols to compare them! We would love to see what you do!
We used the work of Artist Wassily Kandinsky to inspire our own work. We used this piece of art work and asked questions like 'What can you see?', 'How does it make you feel?', 'What shapes has he used?' and 'What media do you think the Kandinsky chose to use?'
Sid Seahorse loved this weeks book 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' and book review. It was a huge hit and we all joined in the repeating language (and actions)!
Don't forget to read daily, practise spellings and complete your math task. Please bring in maths homework for us to see and share!
Next Thursday 10th October is #HelloYellow Day. Letters have been sent home and the letter is also posted on the 'Latest News' section of our website which can be located under the 'Parents' drop down tab. Children can wear something yellow with their uniform (or all yellow) that day! We will be talking about ways to try and stay positive and talk about the importance of being/staying mentally fit and well as well as being/staying physically fit and well.
Week beginning 23rd September 2019
Another busy week in Seahorse class and we are really seeing our routines become embedded. In literacy we have spent time considering simple sentences and writing these correctly. Year twos have considered how to expand these into simple noun phrases. In maths we have continued exploring place value and split numbers into 'part, part, whole'. This began with us using equipment such as diennes, then drawing the diennes before finally we recorded with numerals.
A two digit number is split into parts, we have focused on tens and ones and toward the end of the week we began to explore other ways a number could be split into parts.
In science we explored materials and investigated how we could group them.
Seahorse class were introduced to Sid Seahorse today. Sid will be coming home with one child a week. We would like you to choose your favourite children's book and complete the book review in Sid's diary. We would like to then share the book as a class, so if possible, please send it in with Sid in his bag (we will return it once we've read it).
Sid went home with Mrs Mitchell and shared 'The Smartest Giant in Town'. As a class we read the book review and shared the story.
Please ask if you have any questions!
We took part in BBC singing event and had great fun following the vocal warm up and then singing together.
Week beginning 16th September 2019
A great week in Seahorse Class. We LOVED our space day on Monday and as you have probably heard we went on a rocket and took a tour round our solar system. In the afternoon we did lots of experiments and made space rockets. We have considered the questions that we might ask an astronaut and wrote these down. We used a great website where other people had asked Tim Peake questions and he answered them!
In maths we have been counting, looked at the pattern of numbers and representing numbers in various ways. We also focused on 1 more and 1 less than a given number.
The calendar for taking Cinders home at the weekend will be available from Monday. You can pop into the playground in the morning, into the classroom at the end of the day or email us a selection of dates and we can try and pop you on.
On Friday we had tennis coaching with Matt - see the photo gallery below!
Check book bags for letters!
Week beginning 9th September 2019
Another busy week in Seahorse Class with the children impressing us even more! Thank you for all of those who were able to attend our parent meeting this week. Please find the presentation that we shared at the bottom of our class page. We have also included the year 1 and year 2 spelling lists, reading comprehension questions and our timetable.
In maths we have spent time establishing basic expectations and investigated how we handle the maths manipulatives that help us learn (such as multilink, dienes, cuisenaire and numicon). The resources were explored whilst demonstrating our place value knowledge of how numbers can be represented.
In Literacy we re-visited our vision and what #makeadifference means to us. We carried out our first assessed independent writing task using a stimuli that every class will use for this assessment piece. In KS1 POD we retold the story. Watch the clip and see how you would retell it (don't forget your descriptive language)!
Please ensure PE bags are brought to school next week and we look forward to seeing the children on Monday for our Impact Day!
Week beginning 4th September 2019
We may have only been at school for three days but we have packed a lot in! Your children have amazed us with their choices and attitude and have truly followed the St Andrew's Way! We done to them all! We have spent time this week getting to know each other, setting out our class expectations and reminding ourselves or how we behave at school.
We shared the Starfish Story and thought about the many ways that we can #makeadifference. Ask us to tell you the story. A conversation prompt could be 'tell me what the child found as they walked along the beach...?'
We used the NSPCC 'PANTS' activities to help remind us how to keep ourselves safe: have a look at the website and listen to the catchy song at the top to help us remember!
On Friday we considered how we will learn when outdoors and went for a great nature scavenger hunt outdoors: ask us what we saw! Some of us did feel quite chilly so please send in coats as we hope to do more learning outdoors whatever the weather.
We sent home lots of letters today about meetings and clubs so please check your child's bookbag this weekend.
Most children have got a reading book and record in the bags now so please read daily (when possible) and sign their diary. We will be counting up the number of home reads and giving out certificates to reward their perseverance!
New School Year!
We are excited to be starting back soon in Seahorse Class! We hope you have had a brilliant break and had a chance to look at some of the home learning ideas. Please help us to ensure your child has a great start to the year by reading daily with them and encouraging their independence including getting themselves dressed, ready for school etc. When we return we will be spending the first week or so establishing the St Andrew's Way behaviour systems, setting clear classroom expectations, consolidating some basic numeracy and english skills and getting to know one another! Our new topic will begin after this period of settling in.
Our class hamster, Cinders, is having a great holiday as well and the timetable for taking her home will be available mid September.
Websites for home-learning opportunities.
A reminder to all parents/carers/pupils about these website links:
· parent/carer supervision
· safely and sensibly
· Italk to your parent/carer
We have begun to explore coding on the computer.
Spelling: National Curriculum Requirements